Guidance for parish and town councils and local communities to prepare a neighbourhood development plan for their area, which can set out specific planning policies.

Latest applications received

There are currently no applications for neighbourhood area designation that are being considered.

  • Under revised neighbourhood planning regulations which came into force in October 2016, where an application for the designation of a neighbourhood area is from a parish or town council and is for the whole of the parish or town council area, publicity on the application is not required. The neighbourhood area is approved once the content of the application has been checked to ensure it is a valid application.

Approved neighbourhood areas and forums

Approved neighbourhood areas
Neighbourhood area Applicant Date of approval Coverage
Newsome Newsome Ward Community Forum 12th August 2014 Newsome area map
Holme Valley Holme Valley Parish Council 27 January 2015
Kirklees Council Cabinet

13 February 2015
Peak District National Park Authority
Holme Valley area map
Kirkheaton Kirkburton Parish Council 8 March 2016 Kirkheaton area map
Mirfield Mirfield Town Council 19 December 2016 Mirfield neighbourhood area
Approved neighbourhood forums
Neighbourhood forum Applicant Date of approval
Newsome Ward Community Forum Newsome Ward Community Forum 12th August 2014

The elements of neighbourhood planning are Neighbourhood Development Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.

Neighbourhood planning areas within Kirklees 2017

Designated neighbourhood areas map

Neighbourhood development plans

Allow the local community to create a vision and planning policies for the use and development of land in a neighbourhood, for example, where new homes and business can be built and what they should look like.

They can be general or more detailed, depending on what is important to the local community. However, they must be in conformity with the strategic policies in the Local Plan and should not be used to promote a lower level of development.

Key stages and getting started

An introduction to neighbourhood development plans

Choosing the right approach for your community

Getting started
Developing a vision and objectives
  • Gather together relevant information
  • Identify the area's strengths and weaknesses
  • Draft the vision and objectives and undertake Sustainability Appraisal Scoping report
  • Check for conformity with strategic policies in the Local authority development plan
  • Check draft vision and objectives with community
Developing the plan
  • Develop policies
  • Develop an implementation plan
  • Finalise the draft of the Neighbourhood Plan
  • Check for conformity with strategic policies in the Development Plan
  • Produce proposals map
  • Check draft Neighbourhood Plan with community and other stakeholders
  • Undertake a full Sustainability Appraisal
Independent examination Kirklees funded
  • Submit to Kirklees Council
  • Appointment of independent examiner
  • Examiner's report published
Referendum Kirklees funded
  • Kirklees Council co-ordinates local referendum
Adoption
  • If referendum indicates community support (over 50% of the vote), the Neighbourhood Plan is adopted by the Local Planning Authority

Neighbourhood development orders

Can grant planning permission for specified developments in a neighbourhood area, for example, certain types of household extensions, shop fronts, 'green energy' proposals.

Where there is a neighbourhood development order in place there would be no need to apply to the council for planning permission for the development it covers.

Community right to build

Allows local communities to undertake small-scale, site-specific, community-led developments. Homes, shops, businesses or community facilities could be built without going through the normal planning application process.

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